Syracuse Jazz Fest
Jul 11 - Jul 12, 2014
"If there's a theme for the 32nd Annual M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest at OCC, it would have to be something like "Superstars, Shooting Stars & Rising Stars,” says festival founder and executive producer Frank Malfitano. According to Malfitano, the 32nd edition of the popular Syracuse-based music festival-which draws tens of thousands of attendees and visitors to the region annually - will feature another trademark Syracuse Jazz Fest mash up of iconic household names mixed with some of the music industry's hottest new stars.
"2014 M&T Jazz Fest Headliner B. B. King is one of the five most-recognizable entertainers in the world, and someone who everyone knows and loves. He's beloved, true American musical Royalty, and one of the greatest Blues guitarists and vocalists who ever lived," said Malfitano.
The Kennedy Center Honoree, GRAMMY, Rock & Roll, Songwriters and Blues Hall of Famer, is also a 15-time Grammy winner and Lifetime Achievement Grammy Honoree. "And if being a legend, an icon and a household name isn't enough, said Malfitano, "B.B. also has an amazing 18-piece Big Band behind him loaded with great jazz players."
As previously reported, the area's longest running music festival will be returning to the campus of Onondaga Community College in 2014 on Friday,July 11th and Saturday, July 12th, to the site where the festival was staged from 2001 through 2011.
In addition to the festival's Headline performance by B.B. King & His Orchestra on Saturday evening, Jazz Fest will close out the Fest with its annual Price Chopper Fireworks Display immediately following Mr. King's performance.
Vocalists and rising Syracuse Stars Nick Ziobro and Julia Goodwin, two national Youth Ambassadors and national winners of the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Competition, will open the festival on Friday and Saturday evenings respectively. "They're both stars in the making,” said Malfitano, “And each of them is already well on their way to super-stardom and stratospheric careers, thanks to
the great launches and wonderful introductions to the national stage given them by the Carrie Lazarus Fund for Extraordinary Talent and the Michael Feinstein national vocal competitions each won.” "We're very proud that both Julia and Nick are making their major jazz festival debuts right here in their hometown of Syracuse,” said Malfitano, “And for us, it's a really great honor to be able to showcase their enormous talents this July on the National Grid Main Stage at M&T Jazz Fest 32!”
Seven-time SAMMY Award winning and SAMMY Hall of Fame guitarist Mark Doyle takes the Jazz Fest stage on Friday evening following MS Goodwin with his 10-piece Guitar Noir project with strings. "If there was a Syracuse Blues Hall of Fame, Jazz Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame," Malfitano added,
"Mark would be in all three of them. And he's also the son of a legendary Syracuse jazz man, the great Bobby Doyle.”
Later Friday evening, the retro swing of the perennially-popular Big Bad Voodoo Daddy band will immediately precede Friday night's festival-closing performance by New Orleans phenom, trombonist, trumpeter and vocalist Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews & his superfunk aggregation Orleans Avenue,
in what looms as a dynamic opening night double bill that will have festivalgoers bopping on the hills of Onondaga.
Two International stars round out this year's M&T Jazz Fest lineup on Saturday, with vocalist-guitarist extraordinaire Raul Midón. According to Malfitano, Midón’s music is an incredible cross between the vocal stylings of Stevie Wonder and the guitar wizardry of Jose Feliciano. Raul's a phenom and an artist that has to be seen to be believed.He sings, plays guitars and bongos and does spot on trumpet impressions simultaneously and has been bringing jazz festival audiences to their feet worldwide for close to a decade since bursting on the global jazz scene. Preceding Midón, Russia's top Big Band, the 18-piece Moscow State Jazz Orchestra, fronted and led by the great Russian jazz saxophonist Igor Butman, will also feature the critically-acclaimed of Russian vocalist Fantine.
Admission to the 2014 M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest is free, and all events are open to the public. For information, visit syracusejazzfest.com.
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